Belarus held parliamentary elections without the main opposition parties, which boycotted the vote to protest the detention of political prisoners as well as opportunities for election fraud. The election will fill 110 seats in parliament, which long has been reduced to a rubber stamp by authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. Preliminary results in the parliamentary vote were expected Monday.
A suicide car bomber attacked a Catholic church conducting mass in northern Nigeria, killing two people and wounding another 45 in Bauchi, which has seen a number of bombings and shootings blamed on the sect known as Boko Haram. Deputy police commissioner T. Stevens said the bomber had been stopped at the church's gate, where he detonated the explosives packed inside his car.
Canadian auto workers at Ford have voted to accept a new contract negotiated last week, the union said in Toronto. The Canadian Auto Workers union said 82 percent of its Ford members accepted the four-year deal, but did not indicate how many of its 4,500 workers at Ford cast ballots. The union leadership also reached an agreement with GM last week, with a vote set for Wednesday and Thursday. Talks continue with Chrysler.
The fallen ex-police chief who exposed a murder by a Chinese politician's wife was sentenced to 15 years in prison Monday in a decision that sets the stage for China's leadership to close a seamy political scandal. Amid heavy security, the Intermediate People's Court in the central city of Chengdu sentenced Wang Lijun after convicting him of defecting, abuse of power and other crimes to which he confessed at his trial last week. Wang told the court he will not appeal, his lawyer said.
Six teenage inmates knocked a staff member unconscious, locked her in a room and fled Saturday night from Echo Glen Children's Center in Snoqualmie, authorities said. The three 14-year-old and three 15-year-old boys were captured a few hours later after a helicopter crew using thermal-imaging equipment spotted them in nearby woods, according to the King County Sheriff's Office. David Griffith, of the state Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration, said the agency will address procedural changes if necessary.